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Mixed Subordinate Clauses
A Passage for Analysis
Based on 
The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
Illustration by N. C. Wyeth
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline finite verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO").
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. Draw an arrow from the opening bracket of adverbial and adjectival clauses to the word that the clause modifies. Label the function of noun clauses.
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.

     As the chief slowly uttered these words, pausing impressively 

between each sentence, the culprit raised his face, in deference to the 

other's rank and years. Shame, horror, and pride struggled in its 

lineaments. His eye, which was contracted with inward anguish, gleamed

on the persons of those whose breath was his fame; and the latter emotion

for an instant predominated. He arose to his feet, and baring his bosom,

looked steadily on the keen, glittering knife, that was already upheld by 

his inexorable judge. As the weapon passed slowly into his heart he even 

smiled, as if in joy at having found death less dreadful than he had 

anticipated, and fell heavily on his face, at the feet of the rigid and 

unyielding form of Uncas.